Jean Beauvoir

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Jean Beauvoir
Born Chicago, Illinois, USA
Genres Rock, hard rock, pop rock
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, synthesizer, piano, drums
Years active 1978–present
Labels Columbia Records
Interscope Records
Virgin Records
Now & Then Records
Voodoo Island Records
Frontiers Records
Avex
Associated acts Crown of Thorns, Voodoo X, The Plasmatics, The Ramones, Little Steven, Kiss, N'SYNC, Doro Pesch, The Pretenders, Debbie Harry, Glenn Hughes, Bruce Springsteen, Cameo, Nona Hendryx, John Waite.
Website Official website

Jean Beauvoir is an American singer, bassist, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer and entertainment executive.

Also known as - The Godfather Of Punk and Metal

Biography[edit]

Beauvoir was born in Chicago to parents of Haitian background. He played drums as a child and switched to bass as a teenager. He was Gary U.S. Bonds' musical director at age 14, following this he sang in the doo wop group The Flamingos. He gained his first music experiences with these groups touring the US performing at Dick Clark revival concerts. [1] He was kicked out of his home due to his desire to pursue music as a profession by his disapproving father at age 15 and lived with band members then out on his own. He moved to New York City during the punk rock explosion and answered a newspaper ad for a bassist, which led to his joining The Plasmatics for three albums. While with the Plasmatics and subsequently, Beauvoir sported a conspicuous blond mohawk.

He left the group after their release Beyond the Valley of 1984 to join Steve Van Zandt's Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul for two albums. Following this, he launched a solo career with the album Drums Along the Mohawk, released in the U.K. on Virgin Records in 1986. That same year, the track "Feel the Heat" was chosen by Sylvester Stallone for his film, Cobra. [1] The song was a hit, charting Top 10 across Europe and Australia and reaching No. 73 on the Billboard Hot 100.[2] On the strength of the single, Drums Along the Mohawk was released in the U.S. and peaked at No. 93 on the Billboard 200.[3] Jean Beauvoir's success has always been much greater in the rest of the world than in the US.

Beauvoir has released several other solo albums since the late 1980s. Since then he has also written, produced for and performed with acts such as Kiss, John Waite, Ramones, Nona Hendryx, The Pretenders, Deborah Harry, Lionel Richie, Cameo, Bruce Springsteen and The E-Street Band, Doro, N'SYNC and others. He has appeared on over 250 albums and has also fronted his own bands Voodoo X (Columbia Records) and Crown of Thorns, which was originally signed to Interscope Records.

Beauvoir produced and co-wrote the Ramones song "My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down", originally titled "Bonzo Goes To Bitburg". In addition to his film music work with Sylvester Stallone, his credit list includes the title tracks or theme songs for the movies Pet Semetary, where he produced and arranged The Ramones' biggest radio hit, which reached #4 on Billboards Modern Rock Chart, Shocker, Flawless, School of Rock, Christmas with the Kranks, where he produced and arranged the song Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight), and performed, produced and wrote the end title song Merry Christmas To All Of The World, The Guilty, Rock 'n' Roll High School Forever, Berlin Nights, RV, Unthinkable, and Why Him?.

Beauvoir founded and serves as CEO/President of Voodoo Island Entertainment Group whose divisions included Voodoo Island Records and Voodoo Island Productions. Beauvoir is also the founder and CEO/President of Hot Boy Music and Tigre Noire Music. Beauvoir’s worldwide music catalogue contains over 600 published titles currently administered by Rondor/Universal.

For 6​12 years, Jean served as CEO/Managing Director of Steven Van Zandt’s media and entertainment company, Renegade Nation.

Beauvoir continues to produce, write and lead his group Crown of Thorns . Crown of Thorns re-released their 2008 CD "Faith" on June 9, 2009 here in the US through Lost Cathedral Sony Red. He also writes and produces for other artists, his most recent successes are with the Artist Jonghyun's January 2015, EP "Base", "Vivi Jiang" (Fashion Show) in April, 2013 and with the SHINEE mini album "Everybody".

2014 - Beauvoir was Executive Producers of the "Hit" Television show for SBS Discovery Television featuring the comedian "Kristian Valen", he also released an album "American Trash" worldwide through the label Frontiers Records with Micki Free under the project name Beauvoir/Free in June 2015.

May 2015, Beauvoir was recruited as U.S. CEO of the Norwegian children's animated property, City of Friends. Beauvoir has since resigned from this position.

Beauvoir appeared at the three-day Rockingham 2016 festival on Saturday 22 October, second to the headliner Steelheart.[4] Beauvoir also appeared at Bang Your Head Festival, Germany 2016, Graspop Festival, Belgium 2016, Azkena Rock Festival, Spain 2016 and performed at Ramblin Man Fair, UK 2016.

Discography[edit]

The Plasmatics[edit]

Solo[edit]

Crown of Thorns[edit]

  • Crown of Thorns (1993)
  • Raw Thorns (demos from 1991 to 1994) (1994) (re-released in 2002 with bonus DVD)
  • 21 Thorns (re-release of first album + bonus disc of live tracks) (1995)
  • Breakthrough (1996)
  • Lost Cathedral (1998)
  • Destiny Unknown (2000)
  • Karma (2002)
  • Crown Jewels (greatest hits) (2004)
  • Faith (2008)
  • "Are You Ready" (Single)

Voodoo X[edit]

  • Vol. 1 The Awakening (1989)

Beauvoir-Free[edit]

  • American Trash" (2015)

Productions, Songwriting and Performances (other artists)[edit]

Nona Hendryx "Mutatis Mundtatis" (Producer/Songwriter and All Instruments)

Film - Television - Video[edit]

  • Cobra (Sylvester Stallone) "Feel The Heat" (Music Producer, Songwriter, Performer and all instruments for lead song in film and trailer) 1986
  • Christmas with the Kranks (Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Akroyd) (Performer, Producer, Songwriter and Instrumentation) end credit song, "Merry Christmas To All Of the World"
  • Pet Sematary (Stephen King) (Producer Of Title Track "Pet Sematary")
  • The Guilty (Bill Pullman) "Here She Comes" (Music Producer, Songwriter, Performer and all instruments for end credit song)
  • Flawless (Robert De Niro) (Music Producer, Songwriter and Instrumentation for soundtrack "La Chica Marita" by Marcus Schenkenberg
  • Lifestyles of The Ramones (Featured Interview)
  • Shocker (Wes Craven) Songwriter of the title track "Shocker") film and soundtrack, 1989
  • Shocker (Wes Craven) "The Awakening" (Music Performer, Producer and Songwriter and Instrumentation) for film and soundtrack, 1989
  • Unthinkable (Samuel L. Jackson) Promotional Video (Music Producer and Songwriter)
  • School Of Rock (Jack Black) (Music Producer, Songwriter) for "My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down" by The Ramones
  • Rock 'n Roll High School Forever (Music Producer, Songwriter and All Instruments) for the song "Cut Me To Pieces" performed by Dee Dee Ramone
  • Berlin Nights (Gabriela Tscherniak) Performer and Actor
  • Sex, Violence & Values - Television Movie (Music Producer and Songwriter "UH! All Night", by the music group KISS)
  • The Ramones "My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down" RV (Robin Williams) Commercial (Music Producer and Songwriter) 1986
  • Doro "Burn It Up" Doro: 25 Years In Rock (Featured Performance)
  • Too Tough To Die - A Tribute To Johnny Ramone Documentary "Ramones" - (Music Producer and Songwriter) 2006
  • So We May Grow - TV Short Story (Music Score Composer) 2014
  • Kanal Valen - (SBS Discovery) Television Series (Executive Producer and featured guest/performer) 2015
  • School OZ - (World's First Hologram Musical) (Music Songwriter for the Kpop Group Shinee)
  • Why Him? (Music Producer) Ramones - End title song, “Merry Christmas, I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight” 2017
  • The Killers Requiem (Actor and Producer, Music Supervisor)

Post-Production 2018 Release Date

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jean Beauvoir at Allmusic
  2. ^ Billboard Singles, Allmusic.com
  3. ^ Billboard, Allmusic.com
  4. ^ "rockinghamlive.com/#lineup". rockinghamlive.com. Retrieved 2016-08-09. 

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